“Michael D Higgins is a social democrat. He espouses a vision and values that match those of our party, the Social Democrats, and throughout his presidency has strongly articulated the case for a better, fairer Ireland.”

The Social Democrats today announce their support for Michael D Higgins in the forthcoming presidential election, after a consultation process with party members through the National Council.

Speaking after the National Council decision, party leaders Catherine Murphy TD and Róisín Shortall TD said:

“Michael D Higgins is a social democrat. He espouses a vision and values that match those of our party, the Social Democrats, and throughout his presidency has strongly articulated the case for a better, fairer Ireland.

“It is because of his admirable track record as President for the last 7 years of standing up for the most vulnerable and excluded in our society, of his consistent emphasis on equality and human rights, and of communicating a vibrant vision for Ireland across the world that the Social Democrats are pleased to support his candidacy.

“The next seven years bring a number of crucial challenges for the country. We will mark a range of centenaries; we will need to forge a new relationship with Europe; and we will have to reset our relationship with the UK after Brexit. The President will play a very significant leadership role in rising to these challenges. We believe that Michael D Higgins is well placed to provide that leadership.”

ENDS

9th September 2018